According to www.bullyingstatistics.org, fewer than 1 in 5 cyber bullying incidents are reported to law enforcement. And over 25% of adolescents have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet. Yet to this day, the rates for suicide due to bullying, particularly cyber bullying, have not gone down. The use of cyber bullying is not limited to middle and high school chatrooms and text messaging, it has taken the form of blogs and Facebook groups. It takes place in colleges across the country, an example in particular being the suicide that took place at Rutgers College when his roommate for being a homosexual harassed a gay student.
Recently, at the school I am currently attending, there was an incident with a girl who lives in my hall where she was dealing with cyber bullying. She had recently been released as a member from a sorority and ended things badly with her sisters at the house. As a result of her being let go, the girls at her sorority decided to start a numerous amount of blogs about her, which had been in motion for about two months before she discovered them herself. The blogs consisted of numerous amounts of girls and boys (from various fraternities), which were consistently badgering this girl and her character and making obscene remarks. A particular passage that stood out to me was made by a girl in her sorority, which read, “She should just go kill herself.” The fact that someone who barely even knew this girl decided to make a remark so powerful as to reference her killing herself astounds me. There is something to be said about these girls that engage in cyberbullying: they are simply insecure and bored with their lives, so instead of venturing out in the world to better themselves, they decide to project their insecurities on others who they see as more vulnerable.
This girl handled her situation as every girl should: went to the dean of students at the school and called the Victim’s Assistance center to let them both know about her situation. The school was able to be the greater power that could help and put a stop to the bullying. The main issue with those who are bullied in the present day is that they do not tell people, and they are not able to get the assistance they require to help put a stop to the bullying. No matter what, it is NEVER ok to suffer in silence. Telling people about a bullying situation is crucial to making the situation better to reprimand the people who are harassing the innocent.
Anytime either you or someone you know is being bullied, either through the internet or text messaging, do not hesitate in telling somebody, because that is the first step to putting a stop to the situation.